Biography of Peter Savas
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Peter Savas. - As proprietor of the Savas Coffee Shoppe, at 29 West Bridge Street, Mr. Savas is recognized as one of the dependable business men of Oswego, where he has engaged in business for more than a quarter of a century. He was born in Greece, April 3, 1882, the son of Nicholas and Maria (Karaginopoulon) Savas.

At the age of 15 years Peter Savas emigrated to the United States and settled at Schenectady, N. Y. He and his brother, Chris, conducted a retail fruit and produce business there until 1899, at which time they removed to Bennington, Vt. They managed a confectionery business there for four years, and at that time Peter Savas sold his interest in the store to his brother, and went to Waterloo, N. Y., where he remained for one year. He came to Oswego in 1904 and became associated with James Svolos as proprietors of a confectionery business at 49 East Bridge Street. The business was known as the New York Candy Kitchen, and after two years Mr. Savas became sole owner. He soon opened a branch store at 29 West Bridge Street, known as Kandyland. Subsequently he sold one of the stores to his brothers, John and Thomas Savas, and later opened another store at 210 West 1st Street. Until 1930 Mr. Savas devoted his entire efforts to the confectionery business but in that year he became interested in the restaurant business. His coffee shop ranks among the up to date restaurants of the city and Mr. Savas endeavors to serve only the finest of foods. Ice creams and candies, sold by him, are manufactured in the Savas plant.

In 1915 Mr. Savas was united in marriage with Miss Despina Sideris, of Bennington, Vt., the daughter of Constantine and Constantina Sideris, both natives of Greece. They live in Tripoli. Mr. and Mrs. Savas are the parents of four children: 1. Marie P., born July 27, 1916. 2. Nicholas P., born July 14, 1917. 3. Constantinos P., born Oct. 13, 1918. 4. Bessie P., born Sept. 30, 1920.

Mr. Savas is a Republican in politics. He holds membership in Christ Episcopal Church, of which he is a vestryman, and his lodge affiliations are: Frontier Lodge F. & A. M.; B. P. O. Elks; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and Kiwanis Club. He is also a director of the Oswego Chamber of Commerce and trustee of the Oswego City Savings Bank.

The Savas family lives at 164 West 4th Street, Oswego.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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